write questions in this column for each main point in the record column.
Record patterns of main idea and support
in your own words when possible.
to show the relationships between main ideas and
Write main ideas and supporting material in the right column
– Use signals from the lecture
Titles & keywords = topics main ideas
“ Transition” words/phrases introduce patterns of support and/or details
First, most, some, this is called, there are two types
Use abbreviations to get the full idea.
Leave spaces between ideas so you can
fill in more later.
see how ideas relate to one another
Write questions in the left column of your notes to quiz yourself on the material.
Write questions in the question column on the same line as the item the question addresses in the record column
Write a question for each new
Write questions for details on which you think your professor will quiz you.
Answer your questions in the left column.
Cover the Record Column .
Read your questions in the Question Column
Using your own words, answer your questions out loud .
Uncover your notes and check what you have said against the facts.
This will help transfer ideas to your long-term memory!
Review to improve your memory.
If you spend 10 minutes every week or so in a quick review of your notes,
you will retain most of what you have studied
you won’t have to cram during an “all-nighter”
you will relate the facts and ideas to present lectures or readings.
Example Here is the text. In the “ Legend of Sleepy Hollow, ” there are four main characters – including one that may mat really exist. The first and most important character is Ichabod Crane. He is an ambitious schoolteacher, who hopes to marry the second character, Katrina Van Tassel. Katrina is the handsome daughter of a wealthy farmer. The third character is Brom Bones. He is Ichabod’s rival for Katrinia, and he is also well known for his practical jokes. The fourth and final character is the frightening, ghostly figure of the Headless Horseman, who terrifies Ichabod into running away. But Irving strongly hints that this might simply be another of the characters in disguise.
Here are the notes:
1 st character?
2 nd character?
3 rd character?
4 th character
Real or not?
Might be who?
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – 4 Main Characters
Wants to marry Katrina
Katrina Van Tassel
Beautiful daughter of wealthy farmer
Also wants to marry Katrina
Well known for practical jokes
Scares Ichabod away
Might be another character [Brom?] in disguise
Keep a separate notebook or binder for each course .
Take one notepad to classes and then put notes for each specific class into binder @ home
You wont’ loose your entire term of notes
Notes for each lecture should begin on a new page .
Date and number all pages .
Never use a sentence when you can use a phrase , or a phrase when you can use a word .
Use indentations to distinguish between major and
Put most notes in your own words , except
formulas , definitions, and specific facts
Use abbreviations and symbols wherever possible.
If you completely don’t understand an idea ,
leave a blank space and ask your professor for help on it.
Notetaking Tips, Cont.
Develop a code system of note-marking to indicate questions, comments, important points …for example,
Mark unfamiliar vocabulary & unclear ideas in unique ways
Highlight vocabulary in pink .
Circle ideas that are still unclear
Make sure you can understand what you have written and if needed, make corrections.
Use drawings, arrows or other organizers to help you see concepts and relationships between them
Notetaking Tips, Cont.
Cornell Note Resources Online
Cornell University’s explanation
Site that will generate pdfs with Cornell note system layout
Site that will create printable Cornell note taking pages with your name, class & date on them
Explanation of the system with more links to pdf generators and one for an MS Word Cornell notes template